"Nic Rips was a man his son had always known as a conservative
Midwesterner, dedicated, affable, bland to the point of
invisibility. Upon his father's death, however, Michael Rips
returned to his Omaha family home to discover a hidden portfolio of
paintings --- all done by his father, all of a naked black
So begins Rips' second work of memoir, part detective story, part
disquisition on the mysteries of identity, part journey into an
America readers will scarcely recognize."